Construction starts on $22M Archerfield Wetlands District Park
Construction work has commenced on the next stage of Brisbane City Council’s Oxley Creek Transformation initiative – Archerfield Wetlands District Park.
The new 4-hectare District Park, located off Bowhill Road at Durack, will include a range of facilities for the community to connect with nature and each other, including a large adventure play space featuring a water play area, a youth hub with basketball court, an event and activity lawn, a bush foods garden and a catchment centre, with a native plant nursery to support the environmental rehabilitation of the Oxley Creek catchment.
Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said “Archerfield Wetlands was once an industrial precinct, a site for wastewater treatment, waste disposal, and a source of pollution for Oxley Creek. The establishment of a District Parkland at this location is restoring and transforming the site as an environmental and recreational destination where people can slow down and nature can breathe.’
Identified as a priority project in Brisbane City Council’s Oxley Creek Transformation Master Plan and developed in partnership with Brisbane Sustainability Agency, the Archerfield Wetlands District Park, a $22 million major park development, is set to provide the community with another new, unique destination offering as part of the ongoing transformation of the Oxley Creek corridor.
The District Park will also have a direct connection to the newly opened Archerfield Wetlands Discovery Trail, a 3-kilometer walking and cycling trail that meanders through the 150-hectare Archerfield Wetlands site.
“The Discovery Trail gives Brisbane residents a front-row seat to the natural spectacle of Archerfield Wetlands. Visitors can now enjoy eucalypt forests, open grassland, freshwater wetlands, creeks and over 150 different bird species, while bushwalking, birdwatching and off-road cycling,” Cr Schrinner said.
“Wetlands like this perform a range of functions and are a critical habitat for animals and plants and as a community we must do everything we can to protect them.
“They are a natural sponge during floods and purify water flows as well as providing ideal breeding grounds for birds and fish.“
“The vision of the Oxley Creek Transformation Master Plan will see the 20-kilometre-long Oxley Creek green space corridor, from the Brisbane River at Tennyson to Warril Parkland at Larapinta transformed into a world-class green lifestyle and leisure destination,” Cr Schrinner said.
“Brisbane is renowned for its leafy green coverage and diverse ecosystems, and once complete, the Archerfield Wetlands District Park will offer visitors even more activities to enjoy nature and find adventure, only 12 kilometres from the CBD.”
The District Park is expected to open in early 2024.
Visit Archerfield Wetlands Parkland to read more information on the current parkland and plans for the District Park.